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  • Weather News

    Much-needed rainfall to end the work week, drier conditions in store for the weekend

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 28, 11:25

    Anchorage is experiencing some much-needed rainfall, after a dry start to the month. April is usually the driest month of the year for Anchorage, with average precipitation of 0.47 inches.  However, only 0.05 inches of rain was recorded in Anchorage through last Monday, April 24 — putting Anchorage into a shortage for the month. Measurable rainfall […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Chinook Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 25, 13:01

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Chinook Elementary School in Anchorage, where the second and third graders in Ms. Demain’s class are getting their first introduction to the science behind the weather. I also answered the question of the week about the biggest storm ever recorded on Earth. Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA Weather […]

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    Soggy Seattle lives up to name, breaks another rain record

    by Associated Press on Apr 25, 8:46

    SEATTLE (AP) – Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record. The National Weather Service says the city measured 44.67 inches (114 centimeters) of rain between October and so far in April. That makes it the wettest such period since records began in 1895. Meteorologist Mike McFarland in the service’s Seattle office says it’s the second […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Inlet View Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 19, 15:24

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Inlet View Elementary School in Anchorage, where the second and third graders are in Ms. Thatch’s class are learning about earth science this year. I stopped by to show them how earth science and meteorology are connected. I also answered the question of the week about the difference between knots […]

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    Pleasant weather in store for holiday weekend in Southcentral, Southeast

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 14, 11:10

    The pleasant weather continues in southcentral Alaska for the Easter weekend. Temperatures will stay warm into the low 50s on Friday and Saturday — within a few degrees of record highs. The record high for April 14 is 54 degrees, set last year in 2016. The sunshine will continue as well, with a few more […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Ursa Major Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 11, 20:36

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Ursa Major Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where the third graders are part of military families that come from all over the U.S. and the world. I stopped by to talk to them about weather that can be found nearly everywhere: clouds and precipitation. I also answered the question […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Scenic Park Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 04, 16:21

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Scenic Park Elementary School in Anchorage, where the third graders in Ms. Perry’s class have been studying the different regions of Alaska. I stopped by to relate the geography to the meteorology. I also answered the question of the week: How does the weather make a double rainbow? Every Tuesday, […]

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    Alaska Weather Forecast – April 4, 2017

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 04, 16:04

    We’ve had measurable rainfall reported at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for the first time since November. Light rain has been reported there since late last night, as temperatures stayed above freezing. We’re headed into the low to mid 40s this afternoon, with mostly cloudy skies and some occasional light rain. Wet snow has […]

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    March was colder and snowier than normal in Anchorage

    by Rachael Penton on Apr 03, 14:55

    The National Weather Service has released its monthly climate summary for March, calling it one of the coldest and snowiest in years for the Anchorage area. Temperatures in the first half of the month started out well below normal, with morning lows during the first week in the single digits or colder. The chilliest temperature […]

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    Kicking off April with mild temperatures

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 02, 10:31

    The high temperature in Anchorage on Saturday, April 1, was 43 degrees. That was the warmest Anchorage had been since Feb. 14. Despite the rapidly melting snow around town, the official snow depth near the Airport is still at 26 inches. That is the second-highest snow depth ever recorded in April. The highest was 30 […]

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    Expect warm weekend weather in Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 31, 10:55

    After a snowy end to March, April will start out warm and wet in Southcentral. A series of low pressure systems will move into the Gulf of Alaska from the weekend into next week. These systems will bring precipitation and warmer than normal temperatures to the area. Coastal areas can expect on and off rain, […]

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    Spring snow falls in Southcentral Alaska

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 29, 9:15

    A late season snowstorm has brought accumulating snow to Southcentral. Anchorage picked up 1.3 inches of snow on Tuesday — the first measurable precipitation since late-February. An additional 4.7 inches fell from midnight through 7 a.m., Wednesday at the National Weather Service office in Sand Lake. This brings the season total up to more than […]

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    Spring snow storm closes Anchorage schools

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 29, 6:45

    Last updated at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 The Anchorage School District closed schools Wednesday because of poor road conditions, following an overnight snow storm. District spokesperson Heidi Embley said after school events were cancelled, as well. This is the first snow day of the current school year, she noted. “And probably (the) first […]

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    Hello spring? Anchorage may get 5 to 9 inches of snow overnight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 28, 16:41

    The National Weather Service says Anchorage residents should expect between 5 and 9 inches of wet snow through Wednesday morning. The NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Watch the entire KTVA Weather forecast at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. “Periods of snow […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Aquarian Charter School

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 28, 15:56

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Aquarian Charter School in Anchorage, where the second and third graders in Ms. Sarah and Ms. Stacy’s classes have been tracking the weather all year. I also answered the question of the week: What do meteorologists do on an average day? Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA […]

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    KTVA Weather Lab: Baxter Elementary School

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 21, 13:09

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Baxter Elementary School in Anchorage, where the third-graders are working together to learn more about meteorology. I also answer the weather question of the week and explain where the clouds and northern lights are in the atmosphere. Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA Weather Lab to a classroom in […]

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    Alaska Weather Forecast – March 20, 2017

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 20, 15:47

    Happy Spring! The vernal equinox occurred at 2:28 a.m., marking the start of the season. We can expect a mixture of sunshine and clouds today, with afternoon high temperatures in the upper 20s. We’ll continue to see quiet, sunny conditions for the rest of the week with below normal temperatures for the next six to […]

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    Spring is here, but where are the warming temperatures?

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 20, 12:29

    Spring is underway in Alaska, but where are the spring-like temperatures? Although Monday marks the official start of astronomical spring, meteorologists and climatologists categorize spring as the months of March, April, and May. That’s because weather patterns usually begin to change in March, with temperatures on the upswing. Although temperatures begin slowly rising this month in […]

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    Alaska Weather Forecast – March 16, 2017

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 16, 13:32

    We’ll see partly sunny skies again today in Anchorage, with more sunshine by the afternoon. Winds will weaken through the day as well, and should stay generally light heading into the end of the week. Expect afternoon highs in the low 20s. Today we gain 5 minutes and 44 seconds of daylight, making our day […]

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    Alaska Weather Forecast – March 15, 2017

    by Rachael Penton on Mar 15, 12:14

    We’ll see a mixture of clouds and sunshine today in Anchorage, with afternoon highs near 20 degrees. The breeze continues today at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph. The wind will finally begin to weaken tomorrow, with more sunshine returning. Today we gain 5 minutes and 44 seconds of daylight, making […]